April 2008, Volume 38 Number 4 , p 61 - 61
Quillen, Terrilynn Fox RN, BS
Issue: Volume 38(4), April 2008, p 61 Publication Type: […& more: CHART SMART] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Terrilynn Fox Quillen is a clinical instructor of community health nursing at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and a faith community nurse and freelance writer in Greenwood, Ind.
DESPITE IMPROVEMENTS in the public's oral health in recent years, many patients who seek medical care also have dental health problems. The three most common dental disorders you're likely to encounter are caries (tooth decay), periodontal disease, and tooth avulsion.
More than half of all children ages 5 to 9 have tooth decay, and among these living in poverty, 25% have never been to a dentist. 1,2 More than half of American adults (and 95% of older adults) have some form of periodontal ...